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The Promising Dragonball Fan Tribute Film Gets a Teaser This February

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Whether you rock out to “Rock The Dragon” or nod your head to “Cha-La Head-Cha-La,” there’s no denying the near-universal appeal of Dragon Ball Z, especially since Dragonball FighterZ is set to release in two days and already has a power level of over nine-thousand (positive reviews). But, I’m not here to talk about a great game made by skilled game developers. No, I’m here to discuss a fan tribute film created my talented filmmakers that, after two years, is almost ready to release a new teaser trailer.

Back in 2015, a team of animators and artists from around the world gathered under a common flag: their love of Dragon Ball. And these aren’t newcomers to the animation industry either. Chief among the team’s numbers is Alexander Snow, a talented animator who has worked on films such as Hotel TransylvaniaBig Hero 6Zootopia, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Joining Snow is Danilo Athayde, a character artist at Naughty Dog, and many, many others. So, yea, the fan film team has more than enough experience to create a great movie.

Of course, star power isn’t enough to sell a premise, so to wow audiences and bring them on board, the filmmakers published several teaser images and rough animation videos of the series protagonist Goku. Oh, and an absolutely terrifying teaser video of Majin Buu (or, as any fan will point out, Super Buu):

As you can tell, the characters on display are expertly animated and show off plenty of emotion. And here’s the kicker: these videos were made before the likes of Snow joined the project. We can only imagine how much the animation has improved since 2015. But, we don’t have to wait much longer, because earlier today, the official tribute film’s Twitter account was updated with the following message:

To say I’m excited is an understatement. The first or second week of February? Let’s hope so, since, according to the project’s Facebook page, the trailer has been rendering since July.

The Dragon Ball franchise has a bit of a love-hate relationship with movies. The show and manga, minus the non-canon Dragon Ball GT, are almost universally praised, thanks in no small part to setting numerous standards in the anime and manga industries, but that’s not to say they aren’t the target of well-founded criticism or ridicule, especially when the show spends three hours on a fight scene that only is supposed to last five minutes in-universe. But, movies are a bit of a different matter. Some, such as Cooler’s Revenge, are decent, while others such as Battle of Gods are downright fantastic, but here’s the dirty little secret about those movies: they were all made by people who love the franchise, including series creator Akira Toriyama. The American live-action adaptation Dragonball: Evolution was not, and it was critically panned and a box office (spirit) bomb. Although, to be fair, if it weren’t for that movie, Mr. Toriyama wouldn’t have been enraged enough to return to the world of Dragonball and create Battle of Gods. And Resurrection F. And the new season of Dragonball titled Dragonball Super.

Anyway, every Dragonball fan knew Evolution would bomb due to production stills and trailers that demonstrated a lack of understanding and love of the franchise, especially when leaked images of the iconic Oozaru looked less like a King Kong-sized monkey and more like an orc with horns. But, the upcoming tribute film shows nothing but promise and admiration for the source material. Sure, Goku never tied a gourd to his belt in the show or in the manga, but he’s still unmistakably Goku, from the orange gi to the physics-defying hair.

You can bet I’ll watch the fan film when it eventually releases, which sadly is “a long way off” according to the filmmakers, and so should you. In the meantime, though, I recommend visiting the official DBZ Tribute site for the latest on the project.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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‘Amazing’ Final Fantasy Movie Inspired The Marvels Director

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Generally, The Marvels is good. It has a 59 on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t great, but it’s better than Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Disney+’s Secret Invasion. Perhaps director Nia DaCosta’s video game inspirations contributed to that.

The American filmmaker said Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children influenced her latest film at a press junket with IGN. “It’s just an amazing movie, with great fight scenes and a great ending sequence with the main character being thrown into the sky by all the other characters,” she said.
Despite poor reviews upon release in 2005, Advent Children has become a Final Fantasy cult classic. DaCosta seems to agree that the film is a classic. PlayStation exclusives also influenced the Marvels.

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In the interview, she said she didn’t want the superhero film to look “too much like a video game” but did draw from Sony’s biggest franchises, like The Last of Us and Horizon Zero Dawn. “For me, it was from the best games, the best stories that you get, that sort of inspires me to play, and I think inspires people to watch movies like this,” she said.

Since movies have shaped video games since their inception, it’s interesting to see the dynamic slowly changing. Now that technology and interactive storytelling are more complex, filmmakers are looking to PlayStation for inspiration.

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Netflix raises prices again after strong subscriber growth

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Netflix reported third-quarter earnings and is doing well. Revenue increased as the company added 9 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix is also using this opportunity to raise the prices of some of its U.S., U.K., and French plans to differentiate ad-free plans from its entry-level ad-supported plan. New subscribers to the most expensive plan will pay $22.99 per month.

Let’s step back and examine Netflix’s current situation. Netflix cracked down on password sharing in its home market and dozens of others in May. The third quarter is the first full quarter under the new rules, so we can see the effect of password sharing.

The company removed the basic tier in the U.S. and U.K. two months ago to simplify its offering. People must pay a lot to remove Netflix ads.

Reports suggest that many customers are experiencing subscription fatigue and considering canceling some streaming subscriptions, but Netflix still has room for growth, especially with advertising revenue.

The company has 247.15 million subscribers. The number of subscribers increased 8.76 million this quarter. Netflix subscribers haven’t grown that much since Q2 2020, when Covid lockdowns were enforced worldwide.

Netflix earned $3.73 per share on $8.5 billion in revenue this quarter. As ads plan subscribers rise almost 70% quarter-over-quarter, ads are contributing more to the bottom line. Nearly a third of new subscribers use ads.

Netflix shares are up 13.75% pre-market ($393.79 per share) on good news for shareholders. However, subscribers will be unhappy because the company will raise prices for some plans again in three key markets. Full breakdown here.

In the U.S.:

  • Standard with ads: $6.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): $11.99 per month (up from $9.99)
  • Standard: $15.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): $22.99 per month (up from $19.99)

In the U.K.:

  • Standard with ads: £4.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (no longer available): £7.99 per month (up from £6.99)
  • Standard: £10.99 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): £17.99 per month (up from £15.99)

In France:

  • Standard with ads: €5.99 per month (no change)
  • Basic (still available in France for now): €10.99 per month (up from €8.99)
  • Standard: €13.49 per month (no change)
  • Premium (with 4K streaming): €19.99 per month (up from €17.99)

New subscriptions start at these prices today. Bills for existing subscribers will rise in the coming weeks.

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Last of Us HBO Showrunner Quietly Removes Name from Troubled Borderlands Flick

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When your writer—one of Hollywood’s hottest—tries to hide their involvement, it’s a bad sign. The Borderlands film’s original script was written by Craig Mazin (The Last of Us, Chernobyl), who recently asked the WGA to use the pseudonym “Joe Crombie” instead of his name.

We hope this means Mazin considers Joe Abercrombie, Lord Grimdark, the grittiness GOAT, but that theory is unproven. Since Mazin wrote the script in 2015 for Eli Roth to direct, a steady stream of writers has been brought in. Aaron Berg, Chris Bremner, Sam Levinson, Zak Olkewicz, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, and Oren Uziel have put around 70 fingers in the honey pot.

The name change likely avoids confusion. Mazin probably doesn’t want to be blamed for Jack Black/Claptrap madness, but he wants to keep his rights.

To clarify, the Borderlands film finished filming in 2021, but Roth was replaced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) in January.

When this surprising star-studded film (Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchet) limps out, what are your expectations? We think this was supposed to coincide with Borderlands 3’s 2019 release, but it’s overshot the mark.

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